[PLUG-TALK] Mobile phone security options

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Thu Apr 18 15:10:03 PDT 2019


On Thu, 18 Apr 2019, Vedanta Teacher wrote:

> Just assume that you will permanently loose control of your fingerprint.

Paul,

Ah, yes. I forgot how vulnerable phones are to hacking, capture, and other
nasties.

Of course, calling them 'phones' is anachronistic for most users. While
looking for insights into why my friend's iPhone6 stopped working I visited
a couple of Apple fora with FAQs and questions from users. They were all
related to cameras and sound. No one mentioned anything about telephonic
voice quality.

> And Angela Merkle of Germany lost her fingerprint to hackers by waiving to
> a camera, having a digital picture taken and hackers were able to steal
> her print from the photo.

Forgot that I read about that. At least they left her with the rest of her
finger.

> As a side note. Kaiser signed me up for a "Genetic data bank" without my
> permission (it may have been hidden in the ULA). I need to research HIPPA
> and the law before I even visit a doctor again.

These types of data collections are supposed to be anonymized (which I guess
is now an acceptable word). Even if not, given the inefficiencies and lack
of communications/cooperation among different units in large organizations
it's likely your data will be lost somewhere.

Regards,

Rich


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